I want to travel as often as possible: at sea once a year and on weekends and holidays to fly to Europe or ride in the cities and expanses of the homeland. And to make frequent travel a reality, when planning, many are willing to cut costs for literally everything. However, several points on which savings can lead to the fact that you spend much more or even spoil the rest. We decided to disassemble the most frequent errors, which can be expensive.
Savings on health
One of the points that are either forgotten or deliberately missed when planning a trip is travel insurance. If you are flying on tour or making a visa, you can not worry – insurance will be included in the price, or you will buy it in any case. But when the visa is already open, it seems that the extra $5-$10 – a waste, without which you can safely do.
However, this misconception is not only in the truest sense of the word dangerous to health but can also be very expensive. Suppose on vacation you get sick or injured and have to go to the local doctor. In that case, the prices will surprise you: even a simple appointment with an examination will cost a hundred euros, and more severe treatment or hospitalization – in the thousands.
We are sure that this point of savings is a too high price, so it is better to buy insurance in advance: then all the costs will be taken by the insurance company. She, by the way, will find you the right doctor or send you to a good hospital.
Savings on flight
Cheap airfare is excellent. For only $500, the plane will take you to another unfamiliar country. What could go wrong?
Nothing if you are ready for spartan conditions. Cheap tickets are usually low-cost carriers – airlines that save literally on everything from the airport (so are based on the minor points from which it is not always convenient to get to the city) to food (it is simply not on flights). You will have to pay extra for check-in at the airport (free only through the Internet), and for the choice of place, and an extra bag, and as a result, the price of the flight can increase by one and a half times.
Savings on luggage
Today’s almost all low-cost tickets include a bagless fare: standard it includes only hand luggage weighing up to 10 kg, and for each additional bag or suitcase will have to pay extra. Many people think that the backpack on the trip will be enough, but think about it.
For example, you flew “Victory” to Milan, paid $200 for tickets. You have one backpack that has little room for souvenirs. And suddenly you decide – and why I should deny myself a beautiful life! I buy a suitcase in the outlet, load it with things, parmesan, wine and olive oil (with you in a backpack it can not be carried in any case – the same liquid)! Buy the cheapest suitcase and all the local delicacies, come to the airport and find out that the baggage will cost you 45 euros. More than half the cost of your ticket! Add more expense of the suitcase and wine – and it seems that the savings were not very economical.
If you expect to buy wine and other local delicacies Duty-Free, consider two points: first, some low-cost carriers do not allow free packages from airport stores. That is, they will have to pay for them as luggage on the rack before boarding. And secondly, the prices of products in Duty-Free are often many times higher than in supermarkets. So it is unlikely to save.
In general, if you are not ready to fly back and forth with one backpack, it is better to buy luggage on the site immediately. In our example with “Victory” and Milan, the cost of the flight will increase from $100-$150, but the price will add a suitcase weighing 20 kg and the choice of seat in the cabin.
Savings on hotel comfort
One of the most common mistakes is choosing a lousy hotel. Accommodation in large cities can be costly, and so you want to choose a cheaper option. After all, it’s only sleeping in a hotel.
That’s right, but not always. Sometimes for a minimum price, you get a room in an actual bedbug near the station. That is, walking around the area after dark is dangerous. The windows overlook the kitchen of a nearby restaurant. There is no air conditioning, the bathroom is molded, the sheets are wet, the walls appear to be made of paper (and you hear in detail the conversations of neighbors), and the staff can not help you because they poorly understand English. And after a couple of spoiled nights, you are urgently looking for a new hotel and are ready to pay any money (especially since there are no cheaper options) to get out of this hole. Unfortunately, this is the real story.
A unique point is a breakfast at the hotel. Often travelers think that this item of expenses can be crossed out once it is included in the cost. At the same time, many inexpensive hotels offer breakfast, the cheapest pastries from the supermarket, packaged juice, and tasteless coffee: it will be challenging to eat, so you have to have breakfast in a cafe or buy food in the store.
Before booking a room, look at the hotel’s valuation and study the reviews (they often write essential details, including breakfasts). Search the hotel on Google maps to know what’s in the surrounding buildings, and see actual photos from social media hashtags and geotags. Then your choice will be considered and reasonable.
Savings on the hotel’s location
Another common mistake: you see a great price, high rating, and beautiful photos. However, the city center is far away – half an hour on public transport or an hour and a half on foot. Nothing, we’ll go for a walk! But we will not get better from the dishes of local cuisine!
On the spot, it turns out that half an hour is an optimistic option because the bus goes on a schedule, which you are not very comfortable with. And on foot to walk and do not work: you can not cross the freeway. And forty minutes twice a day is more than an hour of wasted vacation time. And God forbid to forget something necessary in the room and remember about it already on the road … It is easier to buy this charge for a phone or umbrella than to return for it and lose another hour.
As a result, at the end of the holiday, you have many extra little things, a lot of strangted nerves and memories not of sights, but the public in a commuter bus. Transport in Europe is more expensive than in Russia: one trip even on a week’s pass will cost 1-2 euros. Add these costs and decide: do you want to stay here? Or maybe a lovely apartment near the subway will not be so expensive?
Expenses in place
Many people forget to see the price level on the spot before buying tickets and booking the hotel. For example, you can find a ticket to Copenhagen for $150 at the sale and then find that accommodation in the most modest hotel costs from $80 per night, and the same price a full dinner in a cafe. A similar picture in Switzerland, where it is easy to get from neighboring Italy and from where you immediately want to escape back, going to the supermarket and leaving about $20 for a couple of sandwiches and a bottle of water.
So keep in mind that in some cases, airfares can be as little as 10% of the cost of the entire trip. Don’t be lazy, look for information about accommodation and food prices, and only decide to book.
Traveling by car to Europe
It seems that a trip by car – a real opportunity to save. There is no need to spend on expensive tickets. You can spend the night if necessary right in the car, and you will be able to take things with you many times more (and bring from abroad too!).
But consider the spending on this: gasoline (in Europe it is costly), car insurance, toll roads, parking and, finally, purchases at gas stations (water, coffee, a bag of chips, chocolate). If you add everything, the amount is not small.
For example, a full tank in Europe will cost $80. Indoor protected parking in the city center costs in the region of $25 per day. You can leave your car on the street, but then it is essential to deal with markings and signs – the fine for improper parking can be several hundred euros.
I am speaking of fines. Unspoyed belt, red driving, speeding and “favorite” entertainment of tourists in Italy – the entrance to the historical center – all this can cost a round sum.
In addition, do not expect to take a food supply with you from home: by law, it is forbidden to bring food into European countries. Your bag with supplies can be taken away at customs.
Of course, the amount of expenses in the road travel depends on the number of passengers, type of car (the car will be cheaper than the SUV), countries (in Eastern Europe cheaper than in Scandinavia). But before the trip, count all possible expenses and throw on top a few hundred euros just in case. Is it more profitable?
Then go ahead!